In my final year at the University of Wollongong, I am undertaking BCM300 as a part of my Digital and Social Media major. Game Experience Design is an exciting subject for me as it will introduce me to new tabletop games as well as different game experiences with my peers. Through the first two weeks of the subject, we played some tabletop games with only one that I was very familiar with. Majority of the experiences but there were one or two instances of disagreement between myself and my peers whilst playing one game in particular. This was a huge learning curve for both myself and the group and it helped us grow as a unit in terms of becoming better at playing the game and being better sports about it.
Our group (Nick, Kendal, Tom and myself) played two tabletop games in Week One. The first game we played was Rhino Hero. Published by HABA, Rhino Hero is a strategic building game based on building a skyscraper whilst placing a Super Rhino on several different floors. The game was very tricky at the beginning since none of us had played it before. We took at least 10 to 15 minutes just trying to figure out how to play it, which ended up wasting a little bit of time since we just wanted to play the game and experience it. Overall, my experience with the game was short-lived but I did enjoy it for the most part. It was almost like Jenga so it was quite suspenseful at certain points throughout the playing time. This game is for 2-5 players aged 5 and over but in my honest opinion, I would say this game would be good for any young child as it incorporates skills that would be helpful to any growing child.
The second game we played in Week One was Vlaada Chvatil’s game, Codenames: Pictures. I had played the original Codenames very briefly last year and had a basic memory of how to play. This edition of Codenames was a bit trickier and much more brain tingling than the original. Our experience playing this game as a group was all similar as it took most of us to really get the gist of how to play and understand the games mechanics. Overall, I did enjoy playing as it brought back some wholesome memories of past plays with my cousin overseas.
The final game we played was a personal favourite, Coup. I hadn’t played this since around January a few years ago but coming back to it this week was such a great experience. At first, I thought I had the game down pat and we were going good until we had some mix up with the rules. Obviously, I had forgotten the rules on how to play but after long arguments with Kendal, which was great, we finally got to playing a few very good rounds of Coup. It was a great experience overall and the games mechanics were great. I think our group had a great time experiencing a new game and having two people that kind of knew how to play, it made it a lot more interesting and enjoyable.
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